A new fairy tale for a new generation of readers, The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder will charm you with its big heart, sweet story, and enchanting writing.
Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Violet and her mother have been locked away in a tower by the evil Queen Bogdana, who has the kingdom under her spell. The queen has everything she wants except for one thing — beauty. Violet possesses this beauty. She also has a secret: although she is very small, both her spirit and her heart are mighty.
When Violet is summoned by Bogdana to start training to become a real princess, it seems as if her life might be taking a turn for the better. But hope quickly fades when Violet’s mother is banished from the castle, and she and Violet are forbidden to see each other ever again. With everyone’s lives in the balance, it’s up to Violet to break the spell and reunite her family.
Fully embracing the classic ingredients of a good fairy tale, Schroeder weaves a lovely and charming story about a small girl with a big spirit, and how her kindness and courage help her to change her fate and save a kingdom.
Remember that beautiful quote from Disney’s live action Cinderella movie last year? “Have courage & be kind.” I think that’s the kind of message that Violet’s mother would pass onto her, just as Cinderella’s mother did.
And hey! They’re both wearing beautiful blue dresses:
Schroeder has lovingly captured the spirit and heart that makes so many classic fairy tales so beloved after all these years. The Girl in the Tower is sure to become a classic for future generations of readers.Nicoletta Ceccoli’s beautiful illustrations help bring Schroeder’s story to life. The truly enchanting result of this combination is that not only does The Girl in the Tower make for an excellent book for middle grade readers on their own — it’s also an excellent read aloud story for younger readers and their parents to share together.
Clearly a labor of love, Schroeder’s passion for this story shines through every page. The Girl in the Tower is in stores March 29th.
Be sure to check out the charming book trailer, too: